Founded by Merli V. Guerra and Kimberleigh A. Holman, Luminarium Dance Company is now in its fifth season, uniquely combining dance and light in Boston since 2010. By the end of its first full season, the company had received over a dozen invitations to present new work across New England, and has since been invited to perform its repertory in venues ranging from New York City to California. Key venues include: American Repertory Theater’s OBERON, Boston Center for the Arts, Mobius Alternative Arts Space, UMass Amherst's Fine Arts Center, Mount Holyoke College, the WGBH Boston Summer Arts Weekend (MA); Seacoast Fringe Festival (NH); Ithaca College, Jennifer Muller/The Works (NY/NYC); and the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles (CA). After a highly successful second season, Guerra and Holman began 2013 being praised as “unsung heroes” in the Boston arts scene, with Luminarium featured as one of ten “stellar organizations that may have slipped under your radar” in the Spring 2013 issue of Improper Bostonian magazine. In its third year, the company was invited to showcase its work at the prestigious Fine Arts Center Concert Hall (Amherst MA), whose 2013–14 professional dance series was comprised solely of Kyle Abraham, Parsons Dance, Time Lapse Dance, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and Luminarium Dance Company.
In total, Luminarium has presented 13 major productions in addition to hosting and making guest appearances at dozens of yearly events. The company regularly conducts arts-based community outreach projects: Several for underserved youth throughout the city, including the company’s new DANCE+ Series merging dance with other fields such as science, technology, music, and light; an annual Cultural Community Outreach Project using dance as a means of highlighting a local historical or cultural landmark; and produces America's only 24-Hour ChoreoFest each season, giving emerging local choreographers an opportunity to create new work overnight in a supportive and mentored environment. Luminarium is proud to support its six company members and many guest artists who join the company from Greater Boston, while its artistic directors act as panelists, judges, and guest lecturers at colleges and art institutions throughout New England.